Schools and Libraries:
My highly interactive program includes riddles, a constellation guessing game, and a funny story about how I almost fell into a crater! Typically I speak for approximately 20-30 minutes about my journey to becoming an author and my inspiration for writing The Healing Star. During my presentation, I also discuss my writing process as well as provide fun tips to help children create their own story. This Powerpoint presentation is usually followed by a short book reading, about 8-10 minutes long, where I share an exciting excerpt from the book. This program is somewhat customizable to fit your particular needs.
Other Program Offerings and Add-ons:
I can demonstrate book-related crafts including how to make your own healing star, which is also shown on my activities page, as well as how to create your own constellation models using simple patterns. Typically libraries offer some materials at curb-side pick-up, but it is not required. If I provide the materials, there is a materials fee based on number of attendees. Photos of craft samples are shared upon request.
Book discussion: I am also available to lead or attend a book discussion. If a library has an established book club, they often purchase books for attendees directly from me, but this is optional. On my activities page you will find a book discussion guide that can be used along with the program, if needed.
Writing workshops for tweens: This program is customizable but may include a writing prompt or poetry exercise (I'm also trained in performance poetry) as well as mindful critique practice and sharing our work as a group. As with the author program, I will discuss some of my own writing process as well as techniques for brainstorming and unearthing your own story. Stories are often hidden gems deep inside of us!
Individualized programs and parties: I have additional experience with storytelling for all ages as a children's librarian, performance poetry, yoga, and art and love sharing my interests with others! I also thoroughly enjoy the outdoors. If you'd like to combine any of these elements to create a fun and unique program for your child or small group, please contact me. (During the pandemic, this is offered virtually only.) Outdoor events are weather permitting.
*All programs last approximately 45 min-1 hour, but some can be adjusted to fit your time requirements. Each program can be done on its own or some can be combined. Add-on programs require an additional fee, depending on time length.
Author Visit Fee:
Currently virtual programs start at $150. In-person programs will start at $250. Price may increase depending on length, add-on programs, and number of sessions. When in-person visits resume, location may also be a factor. Organization pays for flight/mileage, lodging, and meals plus author fee. But since I love to travel and meet new people, I would be happy to work with your library, school, conference, or bookstore to make an author visit possible!
Booking a Visit:
For more information on programming or to schedule an event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form.
"I would like to say that you are amazing. My daughter still talks about meeting you and reading your book. She shows off your signature proudly."
-Derah Blount, mother, Royal Oak Library author visit in Royal Oak, MI
"Starlight, starbright...author A. Kidd landed at the Baldwin Public Library in the fall of 2019. Her debut novel, The Healing Star, was the subject of our Books and Bagels book club. Ms. Kidd explained the creative writing process and what inspired her to write this book. She totally connected with the kids and held their attention. The 4th -6th graders were starstruck to say the least! I would highly recommend bringing this talented author to your school or library."
-Susan Dion, Youth Services Librarian, Baldwin
"We did a virtual program during which Ms. Kidd had a slideshow talking about her journey as a writer and inspiration for the story, which was interspersed with some riddles for interactive fun. We also did a constellation craft. She had a natural rapport with the kids and it was an all around great program!
-Elissa Zimmer, Youth Services Librarian, Ferndale Area District Library
"Ms. Kidd was very easy to work with and did a great job engaging the kids despite the challenge of an all-virtual format."
-Rebecca Stout, Youth Librarian, Berkley Public Library
"Royal Oak Public Library welcomed local author A. Kidd for a special 'meet the author' event for her debut novel, The Healing Star. Ms. Kidd facilitated the book discussion, and with her affinity to the spirit of young hearts, she brought out even those who may have been at first shy to ask about the process and inspiration for writing her book. We had a great turnout, and everyone enjoyed the program from bottom to top, which concluded with a book signing.
-Amy Howes, Head of Youth & Teen Services, Royal Oak Public Library